…Buratai upheld democratic system – Olowu Kuta
Kemi Aweda, Osogbo
Reacting to the aftermath of #EndSARS protest that was infiltrated by hoodlums which led to looting and destruction of properties across the country, the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama has said that Nigerians owe Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai and his men commendation and not condemnation for professionalism in the face of temptation.
The monarch noted that the Nigeria Army did not compromise their loyalty to the democratic institution.
A statement made available to POINT OUT over the weekend signed by Oba Makama stated that “Many may disagree but I believe Nigerians owe a lot of appreciation to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who in the face of temptation has continued to remain faithful and committed to the tenets of democratic rule.”
He opined that the hijackers of the #EndSARS protests had wished to see a hijack of power by the military in Nigeria.
The statement read in part, “In some other African countries, the aftermath of #EndSARS protests was enough for the military to take over the nation, but Buratai, has continued to show loyalty and professionalism in the course of discharging his constitutional duties.
“What those who hijacked the #EndSARS wanted was what happened in Mali, Sudan and Egypt to happen in Nigeria, but carefully, the military leadership did not compromise their loyalty to the democratic institution.
“I am not surprised at denigration of the military that has been from within and outside the country, what the undemocratic people wanted was to hear martial music but fortunately for us and unfortunately for them, they didn’t hear it,” he stated.
“Under the leadership of Buratai, the military, as a responsible and law-abiding organisation, has continued to reaffirm its unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Constitution of the Country,” Oba Makama said.
However, the Monarch maintained that he is not against a peaceful protest because it is an integral part of democracy and that was why the Federal Government treated the protesters in a much-civilised manner.